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Irving Norman Art

American, Lithuanian, 1906-1989

The Lithuanian-American artist Irving Norman was a social Surrealist who painted large-scale and highly detailed critiques of contemporary life with hopes that viewers would consider the consequences of their actions and change their behavior.

Influenced by the dire conditions of the Great Depression, Norman’s massive canvases feature armies of clone-like figures behaving in the clockwork manner in which they have been programmed. He moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1934 before helping to defend the Spanish Republic from the fascist Franco dictatorship.

Norman survived the Spanish Civil War and in 1939 settled on Catalina Island off the Southern California coast, where he began drawing and painting from the atrocities he had witnessed. In 1940, he moved to San Francisco and had a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art two years later. Norman then traveled to Mexico City and saw the murals of Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros before moving to New York City to study at the Art Students League from 1946 to 1947. He returned to San Francisco in the late 1940s. In 1988, fire destroyed Norman’s home, studio, artwork and personal papers.

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(Biography provided by Heather James Fine Art)

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Artist: Irving Norman
Untitled (Possible Study for "From Work")
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Untitled (Possible Study for "From Work")" is a social surrealist drawing, pencil on paper by Post-War artist Irving Norman. The Lithuanian-American art...
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Late 20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Pencil

Prisoners
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Prisoners" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in dark colors by American artist Irving Norman. The work is unsigned. The Lithuanian-American...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

Flight
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Flight" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a dark palette by American Post-War artist Irving Norman. The artwork is unsigned. The Lithuan...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

The Lawmakers, The Legislators
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "The Lawmakers, The Legislators" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas by American artist Irving Norman. The artwork is signed on the verso, "Th...
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Late 20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

Draftee
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Draftee" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a dark palette by American Post-War artist Irving Norman. The artwork is signed on the verso,...
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Late 20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

The Human Condition
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "The Human Condition" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas executed in a dark palette of grays, browns, and reds by American artist Irving Norm...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

War Wounded
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "War Wounded" is a macabre, social surrealist painting, oil on canvas by American artist Irving Norman. The artwork is unsigned. The Lithuanian-American ...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

To the Unknown
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "To the Unknown" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a dark palette by American artist Irving Norman. The artwork is signed on the verso, "...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

Children #2
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Children #2" is a macabre, social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a dark palette by American artist Irving Norman. The artwork is signed on the ve...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

Totems
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Totems" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a dark palette by American artist Irving Norman. The Lithuanian-American artist Irving Norman ...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

Supreme Justice
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Supreme Justice" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a dark palette by artist Irving Norman. The artwork is signed on the verso, "Supreme ...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Oil, Canvas

Funeral of the Gods
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Funeral of the Gods" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a dark palette by Post-War artist Irving Norman. It is signed in the lower right,...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

Farewell
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Farewell" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a dark palette by Irving Norman. The Lithuanian-American artist Irving Norman was a social s...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

M.F.I. Complex
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "M.F.I. Complex" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a dark palette by American artist Irving Norman. The artwork is signed on the verso, "...
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Late 20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

Chairman of the Board
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Chairman of the Board" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a dark palette by American artist Irving Norman. The artwork is unsigned. The L...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

My World and Yours
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A drawing by Irving Norman. "My World and Yours" is a macabre social surrealism city scape, graphite on paper in a black and white palette by artist Irving Norman. The artwork is uns...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Graphite

Big City
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Big City" is a social surrealism city scape, watercolor on paper in a dark palette of reds, blues, and yellows by artist Irving Norman. The artwork is u...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Watercolor

Bacchanal
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Bacchanal" is a macabre social surrealism painting, oil on canvas in a dark palette of reds, blues, and blacks by artist Irving Norman. The artwork is u...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

American Street Scene
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "American Street Scene" is a macabre social surrealism city scape, oil on canvas in a bold palette of reds, blues, and yellows by artist Irving Norman. T...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

Carousel Restaurant
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Carousel Restaurant" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a palette of reds, blacks, and beiges by American artist Irving Norman. The Lithu...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Irving Norman Art

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Oil

Interrelations
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Interrelations" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a earth-toned palette of grays, greens, and beiges by American artist Irving Norman. P...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

The Academy
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "The Academy" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a palette of dark hues of grays and reds by American Artist Irving Norman. The Lithuanian...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

Air Raid Shelter
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Air Raid Shelter" is a social surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a palette of dark hues of grays and reds by American artist Irving Norman. It is sig...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

Striptease
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A drawing by Irving Norman. "Striptease" is a macabre cultural commentary drawing, pencil and color pencil on paper executed in a dark palette of blacks, grays, and reds by social su...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Irving Norman Art

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Pencil, Color Pencil

Liberation War Prisoners
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Liberation War Prisoners" is an oil on canvas painting executed in a dark palette depicting the horrors of war, an abstracted elongated figure of a sold...
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1970s Surrealist Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

Man of Sorrow
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Man of Sorrow" is an oil on canvas painting executed in a dark, but pastel palette by Social Surrealistic artist Irving Norman. "Man of Sorrow" exemplif...
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1980s Surrealist Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

To Be Remembered
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "To Be Remembered" is a monumental, oil on canvas painting executed in a dark, yet vibrant palette primarily of reds, blues and grays and depicting an ur...
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1970s Surrealist Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

Monumental
By Irving Norman
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Irving Norman. "Monumental" is an oil on canvas painting executed in a dark yet pastel palette by Social Surrealist artist Irving Norman. "Monumental" exemplifies Norma...
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1960s Surrealist Irving Norman Art

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Canvas, Oil

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